What is Street Creatures? This is the game I run on Twitter every Friday. I’ve
collected all the past quizzes here in one place so you can either relive them, or play
them for the first time.
How does it work? Provided are four, seemingly unrelated clues, that are all
connected by a wild organism that can be found in a city. Look at the four clues,
do some research, and when you think you’ve figured it out, click on ‘Answer’
to reveal what connects the clues, and how they are connected.
Rowan or Mountain Ash (Sorbus sp)
In Norse mythology, the first woman was said to be made from a rowan branch. The first man came from ash.
The second letter of the Celtic Ogham tree alphabet is Luis (pronounced lwee) the rowan tree. It is the letter of protection and sanctuary.
The berries of the rowan tree are consumed with gusto by waxwings, along with birds in the thrush family.
There is no better way to keep witches away than with rowan. It was placed on doors or carried on a person to protect from witchcraft. An old Scottish saying goes, “Rowan tree and red thread puts witches tae their speed.”